Last Night I Dreamed a Circus by Maya Gottfried

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Many children dream of going to the circus, but our narrator dreams herself right into the act. She is the graceful horseback rider and the clown. The daring trapeze artist and the dancing dog. The contortionist and the roaring lion.
These stars of the circus are depicted in splendid, dramatic portraits by noted watercolorist Robert Rahway Zakanitch. Each vividly colored performer is set against a black background that invokes both a life in the spotlight and the focused landscape of dreams. Poetic and spare, the text invites readers to extend the story in their own imaginations–in their own circus dreams.
 

About Maya Gottfried

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This is both Maya Gottfried’s and Robert Rahway Zakanitch’s first book for children.
 
Published January 14, 2003 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gottfried’s musings are abstract, made literal with Zakanitch’s illustrations: the line “I spun circles round the stars” appears opposite an image of a young woman twirling from a rope amid the midnight blue of the page.

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Zakanitch poses the characters in spangled tights, skin-tight costumes with curlicues and (in one case) a magnificent patterned cape which alludes to Alexandre Benois's and Léon Bakst's costume designs for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

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